Former Indonesia national team head coach Simon McMenemy has returned to Bhayangkara Solo FC. According to a Wednesday report from Bola.com, Scottish national McMenemy has returned to the Guardian to serve as a technical director there.
Breaking into the Southeast Asian football scene by taking the unfancied Philippines national team into the semifinal of the 2010 AFF Cup, McMenemy is a renowned figure within Bhayangkara, having won the Guardian the 2017 Liga 1 Indonesia title. The former Mitra Kukar head coach left his post at the Indonesian Police-backed club at the end of the 2018 Liga 1 season to take charge of the Indonesia national team, however dismal results in the qualification for the 2022 FIFA World Cup saw him being sacked from his post by the Football Federation of Indonesia (PSSI) in favor of Shin Tae-yong.
After taking some time off from the dugout, McMenemy has returned to the club where he had enjoyed success the most, where he will help head coach Paul Munster in overseeing the team as a technical director.
“That is correct, Simon McMenemy is indeed returning to Bhayangkara as a technical director,” said Bhayangkara manager I Nyoman Yogi Hendrawan when asked by Bola.com to confirm the Scotsman’s return to the Guardian, “He knows the characteristics of the team and its players like the back of his own hand. Bhayangkara is like a family to him and we hope that with him around our team will become better.”